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    September 26, 2010
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controversial bishop eddie long says he'll fight allegations of sex abuse but admits he is not a perfect man. i'm russ mitchell. also tonight, the next round in the tax cut fight. top democrats now say they'll put off a vote until after the election. mideast peace talks at a crossroads as israel's moratorium on west bank settlement construction expires tonight. and making whoopie, just how did this delicacy of cake layers and filling get its name? captioning sponsored by cbs this is the "cbs evening news" with russ mitchell. >> mitchell: and good evening. the public pressure has been building for days as four young men filed lawsuits charging sexual abuse by georgia pastor
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eddie long. this morning bishop long faced his mega church, his congregation and addressed the charges, vowing to fight them even as he did not unequivocally deny them. mark strassmann was there. >> glory, glory, glory, glory, glory hallelujah. >> reporter: for these georgia faithful, sunday services hit close to their spiritual home, allegations of sinful sexual conduct against their own pastor, bishop eddie long. >> i'm under attack. >> attacked by four young men from his ministry. long adopted them in their teens as his spiritual sons, but they say long also seduced them with cars, jewelry and scripture for sex. they were all past the legal age of consent be are suing for emotional distress and fraud. >> he took them on trips around the country and around the world, and he engaged in sexual acts in places, those places, as well as property owned by the church. >> reporter: long, a former
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car salesman, built new birth missionary baptist church into one of america's most powerful mega churches with 25,000 members. long lives large. this mansion is part of his gospel of prosperity, and he flaunts it, along with his gym physique, but today he was more physique, but today he was more humbly defiant. >> i have never in my life portrayed myself as a perfect man. but i am not the man that's being portrayed on the television. >> reporter: there's also the hypocrisy factor. bishop long practices so-called muscular christianity, socially conservative, male-dominated and anti-homosexuality. >> i want to serve notice. >> reporter: in 2004, he led this atlanta march against gay marriage. >> you'd have to kill me to shut me up. >> reporter: not today. long refused to answer questions and never flat-out declared his innocence. >> he never declared his guilt
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either. >> . >> reporter: eddie and gretta, like most church members here, stand by him. >> even if he's guilty we support him. >> i'll be here next week. >> reporter: long vowed to fight the charges. his mega ministry is on the line. mark strassmann, cbs news, georgia. >> mitchell: in washington, the tax cut debate appears to be getting what so many tax filers ask for from the i.r.s., an extension. top democrats said today a house vote on tax cuts is going to be postponed until after the election. wyatt andrews has the latest. >> reporter: with taxes now a key campaign issue, democrats admit the house will not vote on tax cuts before the election. the house will more likely adjourn and go home this week, blaming republicans for the deadlock. >> we weren't able to get it through the senate because of republican obstructionism. >> reporter: but republicans say tax cut decision is needed now as a signal to business it's
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time to hire more workers. delaying the vote, they argue, is indefensible. >> it will be the most irresponsible thing that i have seen since i've been in washington, d.c., and i've been here a while. >> here's why the rhetoric is so intense. during the bush administration, most americans got income tax reductions, but under laws that expire at the end of the year. republicans would make all of those tax breaks permanent at a ten-year cost of $3.7 trillion, and they're campaigning on the argument this is what the economy needs. >> now is the wrong time the raise taxes on anybody. we're trying to climb out of this recession. >> reporter: democrats would make most of the tax cuts permanent except for couples that earn more than $250,000 a year. that costs $3 trillion compared to the republicans $3.7, and that $700 billion raised from higher income americans is what this fight is about. democrats say republicans are carrying water for the rich. >> they're going to have to
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explain to their constituents why they're holding up tax cuts for the middle class. >> reporter: tax cuts may be good politics, but their financial impact is questionable. many non-partisan experts say in this economy, tax cuts do not equal jobs. >> the decision to hire a worker is not based on do i have a tax cut. it's based on do i need another worker to meet the demand. >> reporter: but before or after the elections, both sides privately believe that some kind of tax cut deal will happen this year simply because no one wants to t blame if all the tax cuts expire. russ? >> mitchell: wyatt andrews on capitol hill, thanks. there is no debate about this: it is hot in california. temperatures in inland areas soared above 100 degrees. it wasn't much cooler along the coast, hitting the 90s. the combination of high temperatures and dry conditions have prompted fire concerns. meanwhile, it's not high temperatures but high water causing trouble in the midwest.
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cynthia bowers has the latest on the severe flooding from south dakota to wisconsin. >> reporter: across the upper midwest, the torrential rain may be gone, but the pain lingers. small communities in minnesota, south dakota and wisconsin remain ghost towns after flood waters up to six feet high inundated homes and washed over roads. governor tim pawlenty got his first look sunday at water-logged southeastern minnesota. this all the results of several days of heavy rain across the upper midwest last week, as much as ten inches fell in some places. residents in this tiny minnesota town who were evacuated after their town went under were finally allowed back, but only for a visit. some found there wasn't much left to salvage. the story is much the same in south dakota not far from sioux fall, which saw its worst flooding in nearly 20 years. here folks are used to the river
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rising after heavy rains but not like this. >> what went through my head is, boy, i better get all my stuff. >> reporter: in west wisconsin, too, sunday was day of rummaging through water-logged homes and belongings. troy bilan lives in the hard-hit town of arcadia. >> i got a phone call from a few phones letting me know flooding was occurring in arcadia. i got up and my house was already full. >> water and mud wiped out everything in his basement and garage, even his new car. flood insurance will cover the damage, but money isn't always enough. this was his grand parents' pool table. >> sentimentally you can't replace that. >> reporter: wet fields will keep farmers from what they hoped would be an early harvest, and even after these parts dry out, the flood threat continues. this high water will swell the mississippi river and could threaten iowa in early october. cynthia bowers, cbs news, chicago. >> in afghanistan, military officials say u.s. and afghan forces have launched an offensive against the taliban.
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the districts near their kandahar stronghold. a spokesman says it's the first kandahar operation with multiple objectives aimed at more afghan than coalition troops. returning to the middle east, today marked the end of the israeli moratorium that temporarily halted construction of settlements on the west bank which currently number more than 100. what happens next may determine the future of the delicate israeli-palestinian peace talks. mark phillips has late developments. >> reporter: israeli settlers on the west bank weren't waiting for official word before starting to build again, at least symbolically. after a ten-month freeze on new construction in most of the palestinian territories, the foundations of a new building were being poured even as israeli, palestinian and u.s. negotiators were frantically trying to work out some sort of a compromise that would enable peace talks to continue. >> we will start building.
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we hope that tomorrow morning will see more and more and more new building. >> reporter: israel's prime minister, benjamin netanyahu, needs to placate the settler movement on which his government depends to remain in power. palestinian president mahmoud abbas put it starkly. "the israelis have a choice, he said. they can have peace or they can have settlements." >> we're at a critical juncture in the region. it's important for israel. it's important for the palestinians. we think it's essential that they keep on moving forward, keep on talking, keep on trying to work through these issues. >> reporter: the israeli government had urged the settlers to show restraint while the desperate last-minute negotiations continued, and in a concession to the palestinians, they hinted there would be limits to any new construction allowed, but restraint is a tough sell on both sides in the west bank. >> palestinians have to choose between sitting down and talking peace with us and turning their backs on us and not having, missing yet another historic
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opportunity to reach peace. >> reporter: israel's prime minister netanyahu may have called for peace talks to continue, but the palestinians have already said they'll now take the settlement issue to a meeting of arab states. the first serious bump in the road of these talks could still be end. russ? >> mitchell: mark phillips, thank you. still ahead, who is behind the computer attacks on iran's nuclear program and other targets? >> mitchell: no one was hurt,
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but it was a frightening landing in new york last night. a delta flight from atlanta to white plains, new york, was forced to land at j.f.k. airport because one of its landing gears malfunctioned. sparks flew as one of the wings dragged on the runway. [applause] computer security experts are trying to trace the source of a cyberattack that seems to have landed most heavily on iran, including its first nuclear
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power station. manuel gallegus has more now on what we know and what we don't know. >> reporter: experts say stucks net is an exceptionally sophisticated computer worm that attacks the software used to control automated systems. it's now been found in thousands of compute centers ashark europe and the u.s., but 60% of the infected computers are in iran. stucks net's first target may have been iran's nuclear facilities. >> it's one of the most sophisticated threats we've seen and certainly one of the most worrying considering it actually wants to change how machinery in the real world works. >> stucks net is designed to weave its way into automated systems that control anything from an oil refinery to a water treatment facility. once inside a computer, it secretly steals information and rewrites computer codes. security experts say this malware or malicious software is no software dreamed up by a
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simple hacker, but one that took five or six experts months to create. >> not too many people could pull this off. certainly a governemnt agency would be one of the suspects. >> experts believe stucks net was originally contained in a memory stick. it first struck in june 2009 but wasn't detected until a year later. iran's state-run news agency says the cyberattack has had no impact on its nuclear facilities but admits some of its employees' software has been affected. >> it's interesting to see that the iranian government itself has come out and acknowledged that it has been struck. >> frida parcy believers it's a new dimension in sabotage and warfare. >> how would you characterize iran's response? >> on the one hand, the iranians may want to portray they've not been hit hard by this in order... part of their bluster saying they're doing really well, on the other hand, they want to convey to their own population that the united states does not have positive intentions towards the iranians. >> reporter: computer security experts are now trying to decode
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the insidious threat, but its creators hid their tracks so well experts say we will likely never know who created it. manuel gallegus, cbs news, new york. >> mitchell: just ahead on tonight's "cbs evening news," the -- do female candidates get a raw deal from the news media in campaign 2008? >> mitchell: two years have
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passed since hillary clinton campaigned for the democratic presidential nominee and sarah palin campaigned for the vice president nomination with john mccain.
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there's a new book out called "big girls don't cry," published by simon & schuster, a division of cbs. rebecca, thanks for coming. >> thanks for having me. >> mitchell: when it comes to health care,how much sexism was going on in the overall campaign and the tone of the nation? >> there was an enormous amount of sexism, the hillary nutcrackers, the "iron my shirt" and the bumper stickers using the "b" word. then the more subtle stuff, the obsession with her tone and laugh and what she was wearing. it was tied to the fact that she was a woman. that's what we need to recognize as sexism. >> mitchell: did sarah palin go through the same thing? >> yes, it came from different angles. there was obsession to her large clothing obsession without much thought that if you're a woman on a campaign trail, you require different aesthetic maintenance. we have different expectations for women in clothes and make-up than for men.
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>> they say the difference between a hockey mom and a pit bill? lipstick. >> there were all kinds of ways in which the fact that these were women who we have really almost never had on a presidential stage before, was going to impact the way we think about them, the way we talk about them, the way we criticize them in all kinds of ways. >> mitchell: an african american man was running for president at the same time. what's worse, racism or sexism, because he was dealing with some things, as well. any conclusions? >> well, i don't think there's a comparison in the sort of, you know, contest of oppressions with particularly useful road to take. so it was one that many of us couldn't help but take. one of the things that became apparent through what was sexism and racism that we heard throughout the campaign was that these things are really connected and that when you talk about people who have been shut out of power, people who have never had access to presidential power or really even to serious presidential campaigns before, you're talking about different kinds of oppressions that have been connected, and in fact, we saw them during 2008 being
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uprooted together a little bit. >> could a woman really serve as commander-in-chief? well, i think we answered that one. >> mitchell: do you think america learned something from the 2008 campaign, and are women doing better today because of what hillary clinton and sarah palin went through in 2008? >> i would not suggest that things are fixed and that misogany and sexism is gone any more than racism is gone when we talk about obama sometimes. but would i would suggest is the fact that we're having these conversations and we're having vocabulary and more of a heightened awareness about sexism, about the prejudices that we're talking about with these candidates means that we are moving towards a better place where we can talk openly about some of the unfairness that candidates face. >> mitchell: it's a fascinating book. it's called "big girls don't cry." are break ca, thank you for coming in. >> thank you for having me. >> mitchell: good stuff. we're coming right back. this is the "cbs evening news." >> the fastest pitch ever
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recorded whizzed past a san diego padre batter last night. aroldis chapman in the eighth inning for the cincinnati reds fired a fastball that registered 105mph. chapman threw 25 pitches, all of them at least 100mph. the first full-fledged presidential debate took place 50 years ago tonight. democrat john f. kennedy faced republican richard m. nixon in front of a national tv audience. although historians still argue the point, most observers at the time believed the more fit-looking kennedy was the winner over nixon, who was recovering from an illness and had refused professional make-up.
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in taiwan, fish researchers have developed a way to breed lighted fish. scientists injected florescent genes into the reproductive organs of angel fish. when the babies were born, they lit up. imagine that. and just ahead on tonight's "cbs evening news," making whoopie, whoopie pies that is. just what are they? >> mitchell: we end this
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sunday night with a sweet treat, a whoopie pie. never heard of it? well, here's michelle miller with the scoop. >> reporter: unless you grew up in new england, there's a good chance you've never heard of them. >> i forget already what she told me it was. >> reporter: it is a whoopie pie. >> i come from the west coast, so i don't really know whoopie pies that well. >> it's chocolate cake with seven-minute frosting in the middle. it kind of tastes like marshmallow. >> reporter: beloved and
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claimed as local inventions by maine and pennsylvania, they're increasingly making their way on to bakery shelves across the country and into their local lexicon. >> do you now the story behind the name? >> i don't. you want to tell me? >> apparently amish farmers, the wives put them in their lunch pail, and when they find them... >> they say whoopie. as soon as people describe it, they say, oh, it's like a moon pie, or, oh, it's like an oreo. >> reporter: there is an entire cookbook devoted to the treats. >> a whoopie pie is so much less intimidating than putting a big cake together. >> reporter: and they say there's much more to them than just chocolate and vanilla. >> we have wildly deviated from tradition. we have savory whoopie pies. it's a hall jalapeno corn bred. >> no sign of goat cheerkz but there are more than 100 flavors
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at the annual whoopie pie festival in lancaster, pennsylvania, the heart of amish country. >> use them for breakfast, dinner and supper and a midnight snack. >> whoopie pie. >> reporter: here they put pies on a pedestal with whoopie pie checkers, a table to make your own and the world's largest whoopie pie, which gets the celebrity treatment. but true celebrities are known countrywide. >> we've seen them in san francisco. i've seen them in san diego. i know they're big in l.a. right now and then in new york. but, yeah, you're not finding them in iowa. >> reporter: at least not yet. michelle miller, cbs news, new york. >> mitchell: and that is the "cbs evening news." i'm russ mitchell in new york. good night. captioning sponsored by cbs captioned by media access group at wgbh access.wgbh.org
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high pressure sends temperatures near 100 degrees if parts of the bay area. the forecast coming up. a big tea party rally right here in the bay area. the message they hope to send, heading into november. >> it is against the law plenty of drivers still do it, talk on their cell phones behind the wheel the new campaign to get them to listen up or else. cbs 5 eyewitness news is next ,,,

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